I like to fix things, and mostly I like to solder. Unfortunately, replacing an iPod battery requires no soldering, but was still stimulating.
Lately I noticed my 5 year old iPod's battery life was approximately 30 minutes, about the time it takes to go cross town on the bus. But, alas, no battery left for the return trip. I had heard about how expensive it was to replace the battery with Apple, but after a little googling around I found this place that sells batteries, and pretty cheap too with a lifetime warranty.
The hardest part about this job was prying off the cover. They supply 2 green prying tools, and also a pointy tool that had no use, but I have no patience for such work, and set the husband to the task. This is truly the kind of thing he excels at - it takes a bit of precision, some elbow grease, and patience -- took him about 15 minutes. I gave up after about 3.
At one point I thought I had ruined the whole thing when a red wire broke. Luckily, that wire is replaced with the new battery. Disaster averted.
And the best part? They sent a piece of CHOCOLATE with the battery and tools. Now, presumably, I will now have 74% more nonstop music.